I only started working at MacIntyre in February 2017, and I remember one of my first thoughts when joining was ‘what does Great Interactions look like in practice?’. I had read so much about MacIntyre’s Great Interactions and knew it had won many awards, with books written about it and many other wonderful accolades - but I was most eager to see it, hear it, and also learn from it. I thought it would be something that took years to get my head around, and to truly grasp. However, I learnt pretty quickly, it isn’t The Da Vinci Code or something that would take years to crack. It is back to basics, simple easy and a way of looking at your practice in a reflective way that allows you to ensure you are supporting someone to live a life that makes sense to the person.
I joined the MacIntyre family as Dementia Project Manager and also took on the role of overseeing health – it really has been a whirlwind 18 months. The Dementia Project funding is due to end in the next few months; however I make a point of saying it is the funding that ends, as I know our work in dementia and supporting people growing older definitely will not end. We are committed to continuing to build on very solid foundations that the Dementia Special Interest Group (DSIG) started all those years ago. Within this blog, I hope to share with you a few of my favourite Great Interactions I have seen since I joined.